Contribution of weather to the seasonality of distal forearm fractures: A population-based study in Rochester, Minnesota

S. J. Jacobsen, D. J. Sargent, E. J. Atkinson, W. M. O'Fallon, L. Joseph Melton

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Abstract

Distal forearm fractures due to falls were more frequent in the winter (p < 0.0001) among Rochester men and women 35 years of age or older in 1952-89. The winter excess was partially explained by a greater relative risk of distal forearm fractures on days with freezing rain (1.65; 95% CI 1.28-2.13) or snow (1.42; 95% CI 1.17-1.74) among women under 65 years of age and on days with freezing rain (1.63; 95% CI 1.23-2.17) among older women. The greater seasonality of forearm compared with hip fractures is explained by the fact that more of them occur out-of-doors. However, residual effects of season after adjusting for daily weather conditions suggest that other factors may play a role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-259
Number of pages6
JournalOsteoporosis International
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Distal forearm fracture
  • Epidemiology
  • Population-based study
  • Seasons
  • Weather

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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